Seattle JazzED educators are dedicated teachers with a wealth of knowledge and experience. They are committed to youth development through music education. In short, they're awesome people.
Clarence Acox, Seattle JazzED Co-Founder, Quincy Jones Ensemble
An outstanding educator for over 40 years, Clarence Acox directs the award-winning Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble, which has qualified and placed among the top three bands in the Essentially Ellington competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center for many years. A native of New Orleans, he graduated from Southern University. In 2002 he received the national Educator of the Year Award from Downbeat magazine, and has been voted Earshot Jazz Musician of the Year.
“My kids often come back and tell me how much playing in the band changed their lives. Playing music — especially jazz — can do that to you. I’ve dreamed of making that experience available to every kid who wants it.”
Summer Advanced Institute
Born into the family band Grallers de Banyoles-Estampida Medieval, Marina Albero has been steeped in the sounds of Barcelona since childhood. As a young girl, extensive training in percussion and piano in both Spain and Cuba sent her on the road to early achievement and success. Albero played European festivals and was awarded the annual prize for talented youth in Brussels.
Marina has collaborated on recording projects with players like Silvio Rodríguez, and tours in Catalonia, Spain, and Portugal with the band Barnhabana, conducted by Grammy winner Barbarito Torres. Currently, Marina performs in flamenco shows with renowned dancers and companies, including the Ballet Nacional De España.
Amelia Albert, Bio Coming Soon
Darian Asplund, Bio Coming Soon
Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Whether blasting through the alternative sonic explorations of her 14-piece alternative chamber orchestra, B’shnorkestra, leading Seismic Belt or her own quintet, Samantha Boshnack’s sound pulses with vitality. After getting a degree in jazz from Bard College in 2003, Boshnack moved to Seattle. She toured extensively with the modern jazz group Reptet for seven years, releasing four albums comprised mostly of her compositions. Since 2011, she has led three ensembles, released five critically-acclaimed albums, and continued to tour and present concerts, workshops, and festival performances. She is a member of the Alchemy Sound Project who have released two records. Boshnack has received support and commissioning funds from New Music USA, Meet The Composer, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Jack Straw Productions, New York Foundation of the Arts, Earshot Jazz, among others. In 2019 she is a composer fellow at the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. She was the 2018 Make Jazz Fellow, an annual award is sponsored by the Herb Alpert Foundation to support promising, emerging composers.
Louis Armstrong Ensemble, JazzED Messengers, Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Marina Christopher is a jazz bassist and vocalist quickly gaining notoriety. Marina graduated from Central Washington University, where she studied both jazz and classical music. She has over 10 years of performing experience in jazz combos as well as big bands, salsa bands, rock bands, hip-hop groups, classical chamber groups and even a stint in a cruise ship show band. Marina has taught for several years as a private instructor and as a clinician/coach for jazz and classical music camps in the Seattle area. Marina is also an avid composer and arranger and has released two albums of her own compositions.
Girls Ellington Project, Melba Liston Ensemble, Fall Jazz Boot Camp, WeBop
Kelly Clingan is the former Director of Concert Bands and Jazz at Washington Middle School, where she taught since 2008. A graduate of Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington, she is rooted in Seattle's celebrated tradition of music education.
Kelly is a frequent adjudicator at local and regional jazz festivals, including the Lionel Hampton and Reno Jazz Festivals. She also presents and teaches at regional and national music conferences including JEN, MMEA, HMEA, ASTA, CWU, Arts Schools Network and Berklee City Music.
In 2016, Kelly was named the University of Washington GWSS Alumni of the Year for her work on gender equity in jazz. In 2018, Kelly served on the 'Expanding Opportunities to Learn Jazz in After-school' Taskforce at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Kelly plays trombone in Banda Vagos, a traditional Mexican Banda, performing throughout the Puget Sound area on a weekly basis.
Kelly recently published:
"The Educational Jazz Band: Where Are the Girls?" by Kelly Clingan, VOICE of Washington Music Educators, October 2017.
“I am committed to driving gender and racial equity forward through music, from the beginning classroom to the professional stage. Join me in re-imagining music education that links artistic excellence to empowerment and social justice.”
Summer Advanced Institute
Roxy Coss has become one of the most unique and innovative Saxophonists on the scene. Winner of a 2016 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, the Downbeat Critics’ Poll listed her as a "Rising Star" on Soprano Saxophone the past five years in a row, and a Downbeat Magazine review called her "An exceptional young talent”. Originally from Seattle, and a fixture on the New York scene for over ten years, she has headlined extensively around the world, including major festivals and venues like the Newport Jazz Festival, Melbourne Big Band Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival, The Jazz Standard, and Jazz Showcase, among others.
Her band, the Roxy Coss Quintet, has held residencies at New York City clubs including SMOKE Jazz Club and Club Bonafide, appears frequently around NYC, and tours nationally. Roxy was a featured guest musician on the television show Harry in 2017. She is also the Founder of Women In Jazz Organization (WIJO), and serves on the Board of Directors of Jazz Education Network (JEN).
Willem de Koch
Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Willem de Koch is a trombonist, composer, and educator. He is co-founder of The Westerlies, the brass quartet whose music “occupies a lively territory between jazz, Stephen Foster-styled folk and chamber music with bracing melodies and, crucially, an undeniable sense of fun” (Chris Barton, LA Times). In addition to his work with The Westerlies, Willem has performed with a wide variety of artists including improvisational-music luminaries Wayne Horvitz and Bill Frisell, electronic music duo Odesza, indie-rock songstress Feist, and jazz legends Wycliffe Gordon and George Duke, among others. Willem has performed in a wide variety of venues, from the world-renowned Carnegie Hall and Hollywood Bowl, to hole-in-the-wall jazz clubs and living rooms. He strives to bring people together to build strong communities through music, and seeks to break down the barriers of genre to create a more integrated and inclusive musical landscape.
JazzED in the Schools
Christina Dietz learned to sing at church in Chimacum, Washington. She added ukulele to her repertoire in 2013, studying with roots music master Lightnin' Wells at the Pt. Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival. When she is not performing as Teeny Deets, she works at Bainbridge Gardens while pursuing a degree in horticulture.
Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Alex Dugdale was born in Cali, Colombia and was raised in Seattle from an early age. When he was 6 he began taking tap dance lessons with Cheryl Johnson and Anthony Peters. At age 10, he began playing clarinet in his elementary school band and the next year he performed at the NYC Tap Festival. He started playing saxophone in 6th grade and continued through high school. Alex continued his musical studies in Rochester, NY at the Eastman School of Music, obtaining a degree in Jazz Performance. Alex returned to Seattle in December 2012, and continues to perform and teach music and dance in the Seattle area. He currently works for Bishop Blanchet High School in their Grade School Band Program as well as working with Edmonds-Woodway High School and Eckstein Middle School.
Ruby Dunphy, Bio Coming Soon
Dizzy Gillespie Ensemble
Darin Faul teaches at Mountlake Terrace High School where he has been directing the concert band and jazz band programs since 1998. Darin is a native of Tacoma, Washington and attended Pacific Lutheran University and the Vienna Music Academy before receiving his degree from the University of Washington. He also holds a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and has received several awards while at Mountlake Terrace including the PTSA Teacher of the Year award, the Rotary Educator of the Month Award, and the Celebrate Teachers Award.
Trombone Coach, Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Haley Freedlund is a trombonist and vocalist, working primarily in free improvisation, new works, and creative/jazz-rooted music. She has been based in Seattle since 2011, where she earned a BM in Jazz Performance from Cornish College of the Arts and has since established herself as a multi-disciplinary powerhouse in the performing arts community.
Haley is a frequent collaborator with Wayne Horvitz, Tom Varner, Christian Pincock, Karl Blau, and Ruby Dunphy (Thunderpussy). She has enjoyed collaborations with Heatwarmer, Cherdonna Shinatra, iji, Phillip Greenlief, Sam Lachow, BATTERY, and St. Paul de Vence.
As a producer and manager, Haley has working relationships with Darcy James Argue, Ahamefule J. Oluo, The Westerlies, ings, Racer Sessions, Seattle Improvised Music Festival, and Earshot Jazz among others.
JazzED in the Schools, Paquito D’Rivera Combo, Summer Jazz Ambassadors, Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Freddy Gonzalez is a trombonist, composer, and music educator from New York City. Currently living in Seattle, WA, he was introduced to the Pacific Northwest in 2017 after an apprenticeship with television composer Ron Jones (“Family Guy,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and “DuckTales”).
Before working with Mr. Jones, Freddy toured with Grammy-winning artist Alejandro Sanz, performing in over 15 countries in Latin America. In 2015, he graduated with a master’s in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music, writing for and conducting a 51-piece orchestra at Abbey Road Studios for his final thesis. He is also a graduate of The New School for Jazz (2014), having studied with Reggie Workman, Jane Ira Bloom, Elliot Mason, and Wycliffe Gordon.
Over the course of his performing career, he has opened for artists such as B.B. King, Ruben Blades, and Eddie Palmieri while also having performed alongside Juan Luis Guerra, Laura Pausini, Bootsy Collins, Arturo O’Farrill, and Melissa Aldana. In 2014, he was featured on Wu Tang Clan’s “A Better Tomorrow”.
Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Currently a Seattle-based saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, Rex Gregory has performed and/or recorded with a diverse array of luminaries such as Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Rickie Lee Jones, Jason Marsalis, Stanton Moore, Derek Smith aka Pretty Lights, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and many others. In addition, Rex is known for his composition and arranging abilities which are featured on his independently released studio recordings An End to Oblivion and Rocket Summer. Formerly an adjunct professor at Tulane University and at New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, in addition to guest teaching at numerous institutions, Rex is also an experienced music educator at all levels. He is a comfortable addition anywhere and everywhere.
Strings Coach, JazzED in the Schools, Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Tracy Hagen's cello performing has taken her through many genres of music, including classical, jazz, rock, and punk, and to many parts of the world as well. Tracy has won several awards for her playing including scholarships, orchestral positions, and awards from University of Puget Sound, Max Aronoff Viola Institute, and the Washington State division of Music Teacher's National Association. A graduate cum laude of Cornish College of the Arts, Tracy strives to impart the knowledge and love of playing she's gained from many prominent cellists and musicians to the next generation of musicians through compassionate and engaging lessons, and through a positive, supportive, and nurturing environment.
Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Jared Hall (D.M.A.) regularly performs with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Tacoma, Ron Jones’ Jazz Forest, the 5th Avenue Theatre and many of the regions outstanding ensembles. His quintet holds a monthly residency at Tula's Jazz Club and recently performed at the 2018 Gene Harris Jazz Festival. As a clinician and educator, Hall has served Boise State University, Pacific Lutheran University, Whitworth University, Eastern Washington University, Western Washington University and Tacoma Community College, in additional to many local high school programs and jazz festivals.
Sidney Hauser, Bio Coming Soon
New Works Ensemble, Creative Orchestra Project
Composer, pianist, and keyboardist, Wayne Horvitz performs extensively throughout Europe, Japan, and North America. He is the leader of Sweeter Than the Day, Zony Mash, The 4 Plus 1 Ensemble, the Gravitas Quartet and co-founder of the New York Composer Orchestra. A prolific composer, he has been commissioned by the Seattle Chamber Players, the Icicle Creek Trio, Kronos, BAM, Meet The Composer BAM and others. He has produced albums for Eddie Palmieri, Fontella Bass, Robin Holcomb and Bill Frisell among others. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award for jazz, the 2008 NEA American Masterpieces Award, and the 2003 Rockefeller Map Grant. He is the music programmer for The Royal Room, a performance venue in Seattle, Washington, and a professor of composition at the Cornish College of the Arts.
“The JazzED New Works Ensemble fills in the cracks with classic jazz from lesser known composers, famous jazz artists who do not get presented in big bands, band leaders and arrangers who tend to be relegated to the fringes, and modern composers. My ensemble fuses the best of classical and jazz ensemble traditions with an emphasis on improvisation and even the creation of new works by living composers, especially students.”
Nina Simone Vocal Ensemble, Jazz Prep Choir
For more than thirty years, Cora Jackson’s career has been music ministry. She has performed with many great gospel musicians, and toured with several choirs as vocalist and music director.
Cora's numerous public appearances include: Sankofa Maafa, Port Townsend Blues and Jazz Festivals, televised Black History Month programs, Children’s Defense Fund National Conference, Black Dollar Days banquet with Dick Gregory, singing of the national anthem for the Seattle Supersonics ball game, radio and television appearances and countless other special occasions. She ministers at schools, juvenile detention centers, prisons, homeless shelters, recovery centers and churches across the Northwest.
A recipient of the Washington State Golden Apple Award, Robert Knatt has been an educator for over 35 years, most recently at Washington Middle School, where he directed the award-winning middle school jazz ensembles and concert bands. A native of New Iberia, LA, he graduated from Grambling State University. He has inspired thousands of students and helped them develop the discipline to perform jazz at the highest levels.
“A lot of people are surprised when they hear for themselves just how good a middle school or high school jazz band can be. But I know for a fact that when you raise the bar high, kids rise up and play at that level. My job is to set that bar.”
Horace Silver Combo, Herbie Hancock Combo, Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Since 1996, Kareem Kandi has been performing both as a bandleader and as a sideman to enthusiastic audiences around the world at concert halls, festivals, and clubs. Kareem has performed, toured and recorded with musicians including: Patti Labelle, Ali Jackson, D’vonne Lewis, Bill Watrous, The Seattle Symphony, Julian Priester, The Paperboys, The Tacoma Symphony, Alex Duncan, Frazey Ford, DJ Hapa, The Polyrhythmics, Bill Ramsay, The Staxx Brothers, Greta Matassa, The Temptations, Hadley Caliman, The Four Tops, The Harry James Orchestra, and many others. He received a full scholarship to attend Cornish College of the Arts. As an educator Kareem maintains a busy schedule teaching at The Tacoma School of the Arts as an artist in residence. Along with his teaching duties he is also the director of the Tacoma Jazz Association, serves on the Tacoma Arts Commission, and is a D’Addario Woodwinds performing artist.
Trumpet Coach, JazzED Messengers, Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Trumpet player Al Keith is a fixture on the Seattle music scene. His playing credits locally as 1st Trumpet or featured soloist include theRoyal Room Collective Music Ensemble; David Marriott's Triskadeka band, The Emerald City Jazz Orchestra; and The Sonny Clark Memorial Sextet. Other credits include the Cab Calloway Orchestra; Manhattan Transfer; Natalie Cole; Ray Charles; Bobby Caldwell and a tour with the Tommy Dorsey Band. As lead trumpet he has performed with British crooner Jamie Cullum and The Washington Composers Orchestra. Recording credits include work for PBS, Universal Vivendi, and dozens of local and National CD's. Al maintains a private teaching studio from his home in North Seattle, and is faculty brass instructor at Shoreline Community College.
Summer Vocal Institute
Johnaye Kendrick was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She received a Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University in 2005. She received an Artist’s Diploma from the Thelonious Monk Institute and a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from Loyola University in 2009. Johnaye has been a featured vocalist with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. The Orchestra won a Grammy® Award in the 2009 for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” category for their release Book 1 on which Ms. Kendrick is featured. Johnaye has performed at numerous festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Rio das Ostras Jazz Festival , Burghausen Jazz Festival, International Jazz Festival Bern, Playboy Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club, Jazz Gallery, Chicago Symphony Center, Snug Harbor and Birdland with Nicholas Payton, Ellis Marsalis, Sean Jones or John Ellis.
The legendary Jimmy Heath says that "Johnaye is not just a vocalist. She is a complete musician with a beautiful instrument and open ears." A dedicated educator, Johnaye resides in Seattle where she serves as an Associate Professor of Jazz Voice at Cornish College of the Arts.
Benny Goodman Ensemble, Jazz Prep Brass Ensemble, Fall Jazz Club, Summer Jazz Ambassadors, Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Ricardo Luna is a music educator and trombonist from Los Angeles, California. He recently moved to Seattle and is currently working on his Washington State teaching certificate at the University of Washington. Before coming to Seattle, Ricardo worked for the Los Angeles School District’s Beyond the Bell Branch coordinating after-school music programs, ensembles and events that continue to positively impact students throughout the district. His most recent work included creating and teaching the BTB after-school community music program which provided quality music education for elementary and middle school students in under-served neighborhoods.
David Marriott, Jr.
Geri Allen Composer’s Workshop, JazzED in the Schools, Summer Jazz Prep Camp
A two-time Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award recipient and winner of the 1999 National Jazz Trombone Competition, David Marriott, Jr. is an in-demand soloist in a variety of Seattle jazz groups, including the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Emerald City Jazz Orchestra, Washington Composers Orchestra, Zubatto Syndicate and his own critically-acclaimed groups Septology, Pop Culture and Triskaidekaband.
David has served as director of the jazz bands at both the University of Washington and Edmonds Community College, and teaches at many summer workshops each year including the University of Washington Jazz Workshop, Drayton Harbor Music Festival, and Shoreline Jazz Camp. David is also an active recording artist, having appeared on over fifty albums to date in styles ranging from jazz to hip-hop, from blues to Broadway, from salsa to soukous. David Marriott, Jr. is a Yamaha Performing Artist and endorses Yamaha trombones.
Hank Mobley Combo, Lil Hardin Combo, Summer Jazz Prep Camp
First introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of Art Farmer, Dmitri Matheny has matured into “one of the jazz world's most talented horn players” (San Francisco Chronicle). Matheny has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed with the Temptations, Martha Reeves, Fabian, the Four Tops, Bobby Vinton, Sandy Patty, Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon and the O'Jays.
Matheny has held teaching faculty and management positions with the Boston Center for the Arts, California Jazz Conservatory, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. He has served as Director of Education, Director of Development and Director of Corporate Sponsorships for SFJAZZ, the largest nonprofit jazz presenter on the west coast, as Assistant Education Director for the Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Colony at Jazz Aspen Snowmass, and as Artist-In-Residence at several universities and conservatories.
JazzED in the Schools, Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Chris Mena is currently a PhD student in music education at the University of Washington, Seattle. As a multi-instrumentalist, Chris has been involved in various music groups including a recording collaboration with the pipa virtuoso Wu Man that was recently nominated for a Independent Music Award. He is also a co-author of the book World Music Pedagogy Vol. IV: Secondary Instrumental Music.
Jazz Prep Strings Ensemble, Summer Jazz Prep Camp
A Seattle native, Kelsey Mines is a performer, composer, and teacher of the double bass. Kelsey earned her Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from the University of Washington with professor Barry Lieberman. She went on to complete a Masters in Double Bass Performance from Arizona State University under the direction of Catalin Rotaru. Kelsey has followed her passion for the double bass to the Netherlands, where she studied at Prince Claus Conservatoire before returning to Seattle where she now teaches and performs a variety of styles, from jazz to classical to pop. Wherever she may be, Kelsey aspires to create, collaborate, and perform music that enriches and enlivens the world around her.
Jazz Prep Choir and Nina Simone Vocal Ensemble Accompanist
Sherrell Mitchell, a native of Louisiana, developed a love for music at an early age following the lead of his parents. Unaware of God's calling and anointing on his life, he gravitated towards percussion and drumming initially, but eventually took an interest in the piano and learned to play by ear. Since the early years, Sherrell has grown musically through an array of studies as well as some great mentors along the way, including Vivian Perryman, Minister Darryl Hawk, Minister Phil Curry, Minister Grady Austin and Pastor Cora Jackson. Currently he shares his gifts with several ministries around the Greater Seattle area.
Kathy Moore, Bio Coming Soon
Summer Advanced Institute
Riley Mulherkar has been recognized as a “smart young trumpet player” by The New York Times and praised by The Wall Street Journal as a “youngster to keep an eye on.” As a bandleader, Riley is a founding member of The Westerlies, a new music brass quartet that has premiered over 50 new works since its inception in 2011, creating the rarest of hybrids: music that is both “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music).
As a musical director, Riley has worked with a number of leading artists of our time, including NEA Jazz Masters Wynton Marsalis and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Riley also serves as Artistic Director for Jazz at The Joye in Aiken Festival, bringing leading young musicians, actors and dancers to the historic city of Aiken, South Carolina.
Born and raised in Seattle, Riley moved to New York in 2010 to study at The Juilliard School, where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in 2014 and his Master’s in 2015, receiving the Knowles Prize for Jazz and the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music. He is also an inaugural recipient of Juilliard’s Marks Fellowship. In 2011, Riley was named a “rising jazz artist” by Wynton Marsalis in JET magazine, and in 2014 was the first recipient of the Laurie Frink Career Grant at the Festival of New Trumpet Music.
Davy Nefos is as versatile as it gets when it comes to performing on drum set in styles of afro-cuban, brazilian, jazz, modern rock, drumline, EDM, hip-hop and modern big band. He received a bachelors degree in percussion performance from Central Washington University. Davy has been playing drums for 30 years and teaching privately to all ages for 20 years. Currently he is head instructor for the Lake Stevens High School drum-line and drum set professor at Edmonds Community College. Nefos has performed with Thomas Marriott, David Marriott, Jon Sanders, Alexey Nikolaev, Frank DeMeiro, Kim Nazarian, Greta Matasa, Jean Caze, The Jazz Pearls, The Jazz Police, Jim Cutler Big Band, Emerald City Jazz Orchestra, Northwest Big Band, The Seattle Jazz Singers, Tetrabox, Real Don Music, Papa Josh Trio and Maque Attack.
Saxophone Coach, Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Kate Olson can be heard performing with her own projects Syrinx Effect, KO SOLO, and the KO Ensemble and as a collaborator with Ask the Ages, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble and Electric Circus (led by Wayne Horvitz), the Seattle Jazz Composer's Ensemble and multiple other groups.
Kate has a BA in Music from the University of Wyoming and an MM in Improvisation from the University of Michigan. Kate’s international resume includes performances in Russia, Latvia, Turkey, Switzerland and Slovakia. She has appeared on stage with Terry Riley, Stuart Dempster, Pauline Oliveros, Allison Miller, Bobby Previte, Skerik, Patricia Barber and pop music icons Elvis Costello, Brandi Carlile, Sir Mix-a-lot and Big Star's Third, among others. In 2011 and 2013, Kate was nominated for the Earshot Golden Ear Award in the Emerging Artist category, and in 2014 she was nominated for the Best NW Instrumentalist Category.
Rhythm Section Coach
Stefan Schatz was born in New York City. After training early on as a classical percussionist, Stefan went on to study jazz at the New School in New York. Stefan has worked with jazz greats Dakota Staton, Jon Hendricks, Arnie Lawrence, Herman Foster, Teddy Charles, and Freddie Redd, and has toured internationally with the Chris Byars/Ari Roland Quartet, Manhattan Tap, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. He has played on television and film soundtracks, commercials, albums, and in several Broadway shows, including “After Midnight” and "Shuffle Along." Stefan was a three-time recipient of the prestigious “Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad” program, produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the US State Department, which sends musicians all over the world to represent the US by playing jazz. Stefan participated in the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album for his work on the album "High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project," by Loudon Wainwright III.
Fall Jazz Boot Camp
Jim Sisko has become one of the most sought after teachers, and performers in the Northwest. The Jim Sisko Quintet has been featured at countless festivals and concert venues, including the Port Townsend Jazz Festival, Bumbershoot, The Art of Jazz Series and Jazz Under the Stars. He has performed with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, The Manhattan Transfer, and the rock band Yes to name a few. Jim has served as principal trumpet for the Yakima Symphony, and has performed with the Seattle Symphony as well. He can be heard on over 40 motion picture soundtracks, and many independent c.d. projects. Jim has served as a Camp Director for Jazz camps throughout the Northwest, and is currently the director of the Shoreline Jazz Camp. In addition to his home teaching studio, Jim is the director of the Instrumental Music program at Bellevue College and is the director of the award winning Bellevue College Jazz Bands.
Louis Armstrong Ensemble, JazzED Messengers, Summer Second Line Project, Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Born in Austin, TX, Jerome Smith has been a professional musician for
almost 20 years. Playing music has taken him all over the world
including Los Angeles for the Grammy's; Orlando for Disney
World show bands, Beijing and Shanghai, China on orchestra tours,
United Kingdom and South America on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines; teaching at the International School of Moscow, Russia, just to name a few. Jerome has also worked with Arturo Sandoval, Carlos Santana, Bobby Caldwell, Robert Glasper, and others in his professional career. He delights in teaching, as music enriches the soul.
Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Jessika Smith is an award-winning jazz composer, saxophonist, and music educator. Originally from Spokane, Washington, she currently teaches K-8 Music at Prairie Mountain School in Eugene, Oregon. She directs the Eugene Composer's Big Band, the Jessika Smith Big Band, and plays frequently with other jazz groups in the Eugene area. Jessika studied Jazz Composition/Arranging with Steve Owen at the University of Oregon (MM Jazz Studies), and received her Bachelor of Music Education from Eastern Washington University. Jessika is the first winner of the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra Composition Contest, and is the first female winner of the NBA Young Jazz Composer Contest.
Jazz Percussion Prep Ensemble, JazzED Drumline Project, Summer Second Line Project, Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Tony Sodano received his Master's degree in Music Education from Washington State University as a multi-instrumentalist focusing on electric bass, percussion and guitar. During his studies, he composed for and instructed the Washington State University Marching Band Drumline. After receiving his Master's, Tony spent two years working with Celebrity Cruises playing bass in their show band around the world.
As the former band director at Garfield High School, he ran the marching and concert bands along with the award winning drumline program. He is the assistant director of the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline and has performed with Kenny Aronoff, David Garibaldi, Alan White, Scott Mercado, Owuor Arunga, Michael Derosier, Scott Rockenfield, Ryan Lewis & Macklemore.
Count Basie Ensemble
Mark Taylor is one of the most in demand saxophonists in the Pacific Northwest. A Seattle native and resident, Mark’s personal sound and style are a fixture on the local jazz scene and have given him opportunities to perform for audiences all over the United States and Japan. Mark performs and records extensively with such diverse and award winning groups as Matt Jorgensen +451, Jim Knapp Orchestra, Frieze of Life, Victor Noriega Trio + 2, Tom Varner’s Tentet and Quintet, Thomas Marriott, Wayne Horvitz, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and the Randy Halberstadt Quintet.
As an educator, Mark has a full studio of private students and is a highly sought after guest artist and clinician for festivals, workshops, and clinics throughout the region. He holds a BM from the University of Washington (1994), and MM from the Manhattan School of Music (2000) in New York City where his performance credentials include appearances with the Grammy Award winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.
WeBop Piano Accompanist, Summer Vocal Institute
Pianist Eric Verlinde has excited audiences worldwide with his energetic and passionate performances. He is in high demand and is constantly performing, refining the sound and creating new music. His different groups create music that is creative, spontaneous, superbly structured and melodic. Currently, he works with Josephine Howell at El Gaucho, The EntreMundos Quarteto (a Brazilian samba ensemble) and a number of top Northwest musicians.
He has played music with legends like: Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Eric Alexander, Terell Stafford, Mark Murphy, Luis Conte, Thelma Huston, Floyd Standifer, Buddy Cattlet, Bryan Lynch, Hadley Caliman, Francine Reed, Bobby Medina, Thomas Marriott and Bill Waltrous.
JazzED in the Schools
Emily McVicker is a singer, dancer, multi-instrumentalist and writer. She grew up in Seattle and has also had the opportunity to sing all over the world onboard Carnival Cruise Lines. Now she works to innovate with her own music, highlight Seattle arts, and cultivate community.
Jazz Prep Woodwind Ensemble
Dan Wickham is an active performer on woodwinds in the northwest best known for his work performing and recording on clarinet with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) and the award winning Banda Vagos. Dan has toured with the Temptations, the Harry James Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and more recently Banda Vagos. Dan’s range and versatility on all woodwinds can be seen by performances with the Seattle Symphony, Clint Holmes, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Brian Bromberg, Alice Stewart, Shameless Hussy, Doctor Funk, Molasses, and Type A. Dan can be seen regularly with The Grooving Higher Orchestra, Banda Vagos and los Choyeros among many others.
Jazz Prep Piano Ensemble, JazzED Messengers, Summer Jazz Prep Camp
Darrius Willrich is a trained jazz pianist, a soulful singer, and an intelligent songwriter, with a love for hip-hop. With a degree in jazz piano, a voice full of tone, and songwriting rich in sensitivity, his songs take you back and propel you forward all at once. Darrius’ years of experience as an instrumentalist, sideman, leader, producer and recording artist, allow him to paint soul using a rich and diverse sonic palette of warm colors and textures. In addition to his own project the Darrius Willrich Band, he has performed with many projects including Eternity Ministries Church, Michael v Prince Band, Seattle Rock Orchestra, Choklate, Hadley Caliman Quartet, Jazz Offering, Source of Labor, Maktub and Big World Breaks.